In this week-long intensive, we’ll try our hand at a variety of approaches to creative nonfiction: from one sentence memoirs to what some might term ‘micro-nonfiction’ to essays spanning as far out as 750 words. Then we’ll look at ways to link short pieces together in order to form larger, cohesive, book-length meditations in language. This will be a fun class and all you’ll need are your favorite writing tools (pen/paper or laptop, etc.) and your own radiant curiosity.
Meets: 12pm-2pm EST
Brian Turner is the author of the memoir My Life as a Foreign Country (W.W. Norton) and two poetry collections (Here, Bullet and Phantom Noise). He edited The Kiss: Intimacies from Writers (W.W. Norton) and co-edited The Strangest of Theatres (McSweeney’s/Poetry Foundation). He’s published essays and poems with National Geographic, The New York Times, Harper’s, Vulture, VQR, and other fine journals. Turner is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Lannan Literary Fellow, a USA Fellow, a US-Japan Friendship Commission Fellowship—and he’s received the Poet’s Prize, an NEA, and the Amy Lowell Traveling Fellowship. Turner has been featured on NPR, the BBC, the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and on Weekend America. He is the founding director of the MFA at Sierra Nevada College.